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Violet's House Childcare

1362 Broadway
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 978-7551


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We use a play based approach with a focus on helping your child to understand and value sharing and respect for one another.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Throughout the day learning opportunities present themselves whether your child is playing in a specific 'station' or activity. For instance, pouring water from one cup to another may transition into a 'teaching' opportunity around fine motor skill development "let's fill each cup with half", or phonetic development "wa-ter-fall, wa-ter-fall".

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We strive to provide an age and developmentally appropriate experience for all of our children. We will do whatever is necessary to communicate with parents about their child's development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We have a nice blend of "school like" setting, in a comfortable family home. Our outdoor area features a sunny play space with organic garden beds to grow vegetables and flowers. We believe that using age appropriate play based and child centered activities is a gentle way to introduce children to the kinds of skills that will help them in their transition from your home to their school life.

A Typical Day

Circle time, singing, messy art projects (with smocks!), clean up routine, story time.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Sometimes a child is helped by bringing a special item from home, other times a small group activity will help with the transition. There is always a solution and we help your child to discover it!